Mahatma Gandhi

mahatma gandhi quotes

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was an Indian activist who played a vital role in Indian independence movement against British rule. He was born in Porbandar, Gujarat into a Hindu Modh family. Gandhi led India in non-violent movements for civil rights and freedom. In India, he is also known as Mahatma Gandhi and Bapu.

Gandhi managed to complete his law education in London and earned barrister’s degree. Soon after coming back to India, he realized that his barrister’s degree was not a guarantee of a lucrative career. After initial failed attempts at establishing a law practices, he accepted an offer of one year contract as a lawyer from an Indian firm in Natal, South Africa.

Despite arriving on one year contract, he spent the next 21 years living in South Africa. Gandhi quickly exposed to the racial discrimination practiced in South Africa. He continuously attempted to fight segregation and other local issues at all levels there. After his return to India in 1915, he was introduced with several problems that Indians were facing under British rule. He came forward to lead India in its freedom fighting movements in a non-violent way. He was imprisoned too, upon many occasions, but he continued challenging the British rule in India.

He led many movements for civil rights and freedom in India, some of major ones are Dandi Salt March,  Quit India movement and Non-cooperation movement. For his vital role in achieving Swarajya (self-rule) in India, he is considered as the “Father of the Nation”.

Just after few months of India’s Independence, on January 30 1948, being disappointed by some of Gandhi’s decisions, Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, assassinated Gandhi by firing three bullets into his chest.

2 October, Gandhi’s birthday, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Where there is love there is life.
It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
The future depends on what you do today.
Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.
Truth is one, paths are many.
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
Do or Die.
Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing him.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
The rich cannot accumulate wealth without the co-operation of the poor in society.
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
A man of truth must also be a man of care.
Where love is, there God is also.
I wear the national dress because it is the most natural and the most becoming for an Indian.
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.
Nonviolence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.
Change yourself – you are in control.